The Top 25 Millionaires & Billionaires That Are Using Their Money To Save The World

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When you think of the word “Philanthropist“, people such as Bill & Melinda Gates, Warren Buffett & Oprah Winfrey may come to mind. These are just a few of the many super rich that have devoted their lives to changing the world for the better through the riches and Success they have made over their lives. Read on to see the list of the Top 25 Richest Millionaires & Billionaires giving away their money to make this world a better place.


Billionaires Giving Away Money


#25 Lee and Jane Seidman

#25 Lee and Jane Seidman

Amount donated in 2010: $42  million

Net worth: Not available

Beneficiary: University Hospitals in  Cleveland

Background: Seidman is the retired founder and president of  the Motorcars Group, a Cleveland-based conglomerate of car dealerships. He  pledged in 2010 to  give away 90% of his wealth before the end of the  year.


#24 Larry Ellison

#24 Larry Ellison

Amount donated in 2010: $45.1  million

Net worth: $39.5 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiary: Ellison Medical  Foundation

Background: Ellison, the founder of Oracle, started his  foundation in 1997 for biomedical research.


#23 Bennett S. LeBow

#23 Bennett S. LeBow

Amount donated in 2010: $49  million

Net worth: Not available

Beneficiary: Drexel  University

Background: LeBow is the chairman and CEO of Borders and  chairman of the Vector Group, a holding company for manufacturers of cigarettes.  He’s a graduate of Drexel and the university’s business school bears his  name.


#19 (tie) P. Roy and Diana Vagelos

#19 (tie) P. Roy and Diana Vagelos

Amount donated in 2010: $50  million

Net worth: $535 million (via the National  Herald)

Beneficiary: Columbia University Medical  Center

Background: Dr. Vagelos is the former CEO and chairman of  pharmaceutical giant Merck. He’s an alumnus of the medical school associated  with the hospital.


#19 (tie) Paul Ichiro Terasaki

#19 (tie) Paul Ichiro Terasaki

Amount  donated in 2010: $50 million

Net worth: Not available

Beneficiary: University of California at  Los Angeles

Background: Dr. Terasaki is a pioneer  in the field of organ transplant medicine. In 1946 he developed the test  that became the international standard method for tissue typing. He conducted  his research in the university’s  laboratories.


#19 (tie) Ming Hsieh

#19 (tie) Ming Hsieh

Amount donated in  2010: $50 million

Net worth: $1.6 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiary: University of Southern  California

Background: Hsieh founded AMAX Information Technologies, a  computer server and storage systems maker, and Cogent, which develops automated  fingerprint-identification systems. He’s a graduate  of the school, as well as a trustee.


#19 (tie) Ned Evans

#19 (tie) Ned Evans

Amount  donated in 2010: $50 million

Net worth: $6.5 billion (via Boston  Magazine)

Beneficiary: Yale  University

Background: Evans, who passed away last year, was a private  investor and the chairman of publishing company Macmillan from 1979 to 1989. He  was also a well-known horse breeder, as well as an alumnus of  Yale.


#18 Charles E. Kaufman

#18 Charles E. Kaufman

Amount donated in 2010: $53.3 million (estimated bequest)

Net worth: Not available

Beneficiaries: The Pittsburgh Foundation and other  charities

Background: Kaufman, who passed away last year, was an  investor and the former director of purchasing at pharmaceutical company Merck.  His gift will support research in biology, chemistry, and  physics


#17 Bill and Karen Ackman

#17 Bill and Karen Ackman

Amount  donated in 2010: $59.3 million

Net worth: $700 million (via Forbes)

Beneficiary: Pershing Square  Foundation

Background: Ackman is the founder of New York-based hedge  fund Pershing Square Capital Management. Along with his wife, he created  the Pershing Square Foundation in 2006 to support education, human rights,  social entrepreneurship, and other causes.


#16 Pierre and Pam Omidyar

#16 Pierre and Pam Omidyar

Amount  donated in 2010: $61.5 million

Net worth: $6.2 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiaries: HopeLab, Humanity United, Omidyar Network,  and the Ulupono Initiative

Background: Omidyar is the founder of eBay. His wife is the  chairwoman of HopeLab, a  nonprofit that develops technology to benefit chronically ill  children.


#15 Henry C. Jr. and Jane Woods

#15 Henry C. Jr. and Jane Woods

Amount donated in 2010:$67  million (bequest)

Net worth: Not available

Beneficiaries: Lawrenceville School and North Shore Country  Day School

Background: Woods is the heir to the Sahara Coal Company  fortune. The bulk of last year’s donation went to the Lawrenceville School, a  private school in New Jersey from  which he graduated and where he was a longtime teacher and chair of the  English department.


#14 David and Patricia Atkinson

#14 David and Patricia Atkinson

Amount donated in 2010: $80  million

Net worth: Not available

Beneficiary: Cornell University

Background: Atkinson is a former partner of Miller, Anderson & Sherrerd, a money management firm. He now runs Atkinson & Company, a  private investment business he owns with his wife. Their gift went  towards a research center focusing on energy, sustainability and the  environment.


#13 Juanita Kious Waugh

#13 	Juanita Kious Waugh

Amount donated in 2010: $83.7 million  (estimated bequest)

Net worth: Not available

Beneficiaries: The Mayo Clinic, Saint  Joseph’s College in Indiana

Background: Waugh, who passed away last year, managed her  family’s farms and was the heir to part of their cattle, farming and banking  fortune. She and her parents had  been patients of the Mayo Clinic.


#12 Terrence and Kim Pegula

#12 Terrence and Kim Pegula

Amount donated in 2010: $88  million

Net worth: $3.1 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiary: Pennsylvania State  University

Background: Pegula founded East Resources, an oil and gas  exploration and development company, which he sold to Royal Dutch Shell in 2010  for $4.7 billion. The donation from Pegula, an alumnus, will go towards the  university’s hockey program.


#10 (tie) Mark Zuckerberg

#10 (tie) Mark Zuckerberg

Amount donated in 2010: $100  million

Net worth: $17.5 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiary: Startup:  Education

Background: Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, made a huge  donation to his own foundation, which will support programs that benefit the  school system in Newark, N.J. The sum will be paid out over five  years.


#10 (tie) Marc and Lynne Benioff

#10 (tie) Marc and Lynne Benioff

Amount donated in  2010: $100 million

Net worth: $1.9 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiary: University of California at  San Francisco Children’s Hospital

Background: Benioff is the founder of His  daughter was born at the hospital, and he is a member of its  board.


#9 Meyer and Renee Luskin

#9 Meyer and Renee Luskin

Amount  donated in 2010: $100.5 million

Net worth: Not available

Beneficiary: University of California at  Los Angeles

Background: Luskin is the chairman of Scope Industries, a  major maker of animal feed. He is a graduate of UCLA and the  couple’s gift will go towards a variety of academic  programs.


#8 T. Boone Pickens

#8 T. Boone Pickens

Amount  donated in 2010: $101 million

Net worth: $1.45 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiaries: Oklahoma State University and other  charities

Background: The founder of oil company Mesa Petroleum and  energy investment firm BP Capital, Pickens is a graduate of OSU. His donation  will endow need-based scholarships for  students.


#7 Frances Lasker Brody

#7 Frances Lasker Brody

Amount  donated in 2010: $110 million (estimated bequest)

Net worth: Not available

Beneficiary:The Huntington Library, Art  Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Background: Brody, who passed away in 2009, was the heir to  both the fortune of her father, an advertising pioneer, and her husband Sidney  Brody, a real estate magnate. She was a member of the library’s board of  overseers, and her donation was largely funded by the sale of her vast art  collection.


#6 Leonard Blavatnik

#6 Leonard Blavatnik

Amount  donated in 2010: $117.2 million

Net worth: $9.5 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiary: University of  Oxford

Background: Blavatnik is the founder of Access Industries, a  major holding company. He did not attend Oxford, but decided  the university was the right choice after learning that it wanted to create  a school dedicated to “improving government and public-policy practices  globally.”


#5 Edythe and Eli Broad

#5 Edythe and Eli Broad

Amount  donated in 2010: $118.3 million

Net worth: $6.3 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiary: Broad  Foundations

Background: Broad is the founder and chairman of homebuilder  KB Home Corporation and financial services company SunAmerica. The couple’s  foundation supports civic programs, contemporary art museums, education, and  medical and scientific research. Broad  is also funding a new art museum in Los  Angeles.


#4 Irwin and Joan Jacobs

#4 Irwin and Joan Jacobs

Amount donated in 2010:  $119.5 million

Net worth: $1.15 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiaries: University of California at San Diego Health  System, Joan and Irwin Jacobs Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of San  Diego

Background: Jacobs is a co-founder of Qualcomm, the wireless  communications company. The bulk of their donation went to the UCSD health  system, which is building  a new medical center to be named after the  couple.


#3 T. Denny Sanford

#3 T. Denny Sanford

Amount donated in 2010: $162.5  million

Net worth: $600 million (via The  Daily)

Beneficiaries: Sanford Health Foundation, Sanford-Burnham  Medical Research Institute and the Florida Hospital for  Children

Background: The noted philanthropist is chairman of United  National Corporation, a banking business in South Dakota. His most  recent gift to his foundation will establish a national institute for  research and treatment of breast cancer.


#2 Michael R. Bloomberg

#2 Michael R. Bloomberg

Amount  donated in 2010: $279.2 million

Net worth: $19.5 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiaries: Arts, human services, public affairs, and  other groups

Background: The founder of Bloomberg LP and Mayor of New  York city gave to 970 different nonprofit groups in 2010. Since 2004, the first  year the Philanthropy list was published,  he has given away well over $100 million  annually.


#1 George Soros

#1 George Soros

Amount donated in 2010: $332  million

Net worth: $22 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiary: Open Society  Foundations

Background: Soros is a financier and the chair of Soros Fund  Management, which manages hedge funds. He’s also the founder of Open Society  Foundations, which supports human rights organizations and democratic  institutions.


Source: Chronicle of Philanthropy

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  1. adem

    November 30, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    we olso deserve to have beter life like you peopel olso we live in the this world

  2. Bruce Harding

    November 28, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Well…what can I say. Its bad enough to ask but I’ll give it a try.I’ve been unemployed for a year now and I need funds to be able to move out of this 1979 Od Trailor and into a safe home.Afraid of having a fire! Then I want to be able to attend College Courses Online and on campus but I have no car…no computer.I want to start up my Internet Business too. To be able to afford marketing needs. PLEASE HELP! Thank You.

  3. Michelle Neace

    November 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    We are a hard working middle class family. We believe in education and have always pushed our children to make good grades so they could get in college. We thought that would be enough. We are finding out that because we chose to work, our son does not qualify for any financial aid and we do not make enough to pay for it. He is attending Northern Kentucky. It’s Thanksgiving and I plan on telling our son after dinner,he has to come home because we can not afford to keep him there. He’s very intelligent. He was an honor student in High School. If anyone is will to “help,” it would be greatly appreciated. We are not asking for a handout and would be willing to try to pay some back or pay it forward when we can. Thanks. Desperate Mom.

  4. Alfiya Hughes

    November 26, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Thanks to God for all of you. You all making poor people a happy and help them. Thank you all.God Bless!!!

  5. Wichan Reunkam

    November 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Hello for a kind-hearted person.Kindness , belief and faith God has seen all.God has seen the godness.God has noted your name and family on the high heaven.Only your donate a little bit of your property or money to help poor.Human cannot bring money follow when he died.He can bring only body good things that he does and soul will remain on the next generation heart forever.

  6. Mark Vourexes

    November 20, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Hello again 2 people life’s are in danger and the rich dose not care my fiancee has had no food for 4 days she will die if she dies i will kill myself and nobody cares about us good bye.

  7. vanessa

    November 18, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    I’m a single mother of two young children who takes care of an elderly family member. Due to a layoff I’m on the vurdge of getting my water and power shut off at the end of the month iv fallen behind my car payment and insurance payment and I’m on the vurge of getting it taken away and I need it for doctors appoint ments and to get my kids around. Anything honestly would help me. Even if it was only $1,000 it’s could square everything away at least (and I know that it self is alot to ask for) that would help tremendously! I currently fenished school and am waiting to do my licensing exam I just hit a big pot hole n life. I’m an only child and don’t have family willing or able to help iv been doing it by myself my whole life but I’m literally am in a jam. But I do want to say thank you for the opportunity to at least give this a shot.

  8. Michelle Perullo

    November 18, 2013 at 4:53 am

    Greetings my name is Michelle and I am a single mother of five children. My life is one of no luck, If you can imagine it I have been through it. I have been homeless six times and worked numerous jobs to make it all happen for my family. I now am suffering from pain due to lack of dental work that needs to be done immediately. I work in the culinary field and my body is deteriorating and I am unable to do a lot now. I am not old but I have been faced with so much adversity that I feel old. I just need help to put my children through college, get a car and hopefully after fixing my appearance make enough money to maintain my wishes. Christmas is here and due to the amount of stress put on me I just get overwhelmed. My youngest son suffers from epilepsy, my oldest son has a learning disability and needs tutoring on a constant basis. I have to work over 50 hours a week just to maintain bills and am hardly ever able to enjoy my children. I could go on and on with my sad story. But if just one person gives me that chance I promise you I will not let you down. I never won anything or really was able to achieve the most I needed. But I am a shark and I will never stop fighting. I just need a hand up not a hand out. Please, thank you for your time and consideration. Respectfully

  9. mark vourexes

    November 16, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Hello My name is Mark Lane Vourexes i need help today please i am only asking for 15,000 or 20’000 dollars will someone help i just had my car repod and like to get it back plus bring my soon to be wife back to the U.S. HELP!!!!

  10. Princess Simms

    November 15, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Hello my name is Princess , I live in the Bahamas I Would like to be able to open my business again. I Lost a lot of money in my business, I bought a fishing boat and it sank. I still have my walking freezers to store
    my sea food.I need help.

  11. Brian

    November 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I do not know if anything would ever happen, it seems like I never have any luck. I am in need of about 60K to finally get out of debt. I have four children and they deserve better. I do complete their basic needs and i do save and save for years to take them on a trip once in a while but nothing extravagant. They need to see me not struggling for a change. I do not expect anyone to help but if it would be possible, i woould love to have a little help. Thank you and I am sure that many more people deserve help more than I do. Thanks

  12. tim smith

    November 8, 2013 at 4:44 am

    Hi my name is Tim and i really dont like doing this because im a hard working father of five kids im 38 years old and ive worked for most of my life ive always have had a job but since ive been divorced ive lost everything my life my home my credit my car because i only take home $100 a week because i pay way to much in child support im so far in debt i dont what to do i have a kid that lives with me i had to move us in with my mom i have been taking care of her to but last winter we had a pipe brake in our basement and we loss our furness and we dont have money to fix it and its getting cold. I cant afford a car so i have to depend on family and friends to help me get to and from work and i really hate that because thats not me im really ready to give up so i was really really wishing someone could find it in there hearts to please please please help me out

  13. Rich

    November 7, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Hello my name is Rich and im like the rest of the people in this country that is doing all he can to get by.I just got laid off from my job and have no income beside my wife working 6 days a week and that is killing her.I have 20 years experience in the bussines I would like to start but I dont have the start up cash all I would need is $50.000 start up this would make it so much easer on my wife so if you can help a stuggleing American please email me thank you Rich

  14. Shoaib Haveri

    November 5, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Hi, Shoaib here, wanna thank first of all for giving an opportunity for writing the comment. I need the amount to fulfill my parents wish as they are old enough and they have lot of expectations from my end. Would really thank you if anyone can help me in establishing my own business as i have always dreamed about the same.

  15. Pradhyumna Mirajkar

    November 5, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Hi, everyone have problems in their lifes but the one person who have the guts to face the problems and to overcome it becomes successful in this world. But money plays a vital role in this world as after doing education from an convent school and completing my engineering still strugling in my carrier for getting handsome money. Want to start my own business and become successful person.Would be really thankfull from bottom of my heart if someone can help me out as you have money like ocean but from that ocean if you give 1 drop of water that wont make a diffrence for you but for a person like me i can utilise that money for doing a deceant business.Thank you for your kind support.

  16. mark lane vourexes

    November 5, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Hello again I am still waiting well anybody help please I need help today or before the end of the month please contact me today if possible or your you to prude to help.

  17. Ms. Frankie Christy

    November 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I am in need of a car…I take care of my Mother who is 82 and to get her to her appointments and shopping I have been barrowing cars from friends and family, It gets tiring. I cannot afford to buy a car not even a used one, but I really need one so I do not need to barrow one. My mother is tired of it as well because we do not know if or when we can get to her appointments on time. Someone Please Help!

  18. mark vourexes

    November 3, 2013 at 11:30 am

    This mark again will any body help me please I need about $7000.00 by the end of the month I am about to be kick out of my home Mark Lane Vourexes

  19. Carol jean kimety

    November 3, 2013 at 6:28 am

    I need about $30,000 to get out of debt.i worked nearly 30 years as a nurse mainly in the ICU.I hurt my back due to having osteo/rheumatoid arthritis.My back surgery was $90,000 and I had insurance but the copayment was to much.I also had both knees replaced nearly 2 years ago.I have significant nerve damage in my legs.I had to use my credit card to help pay bills,medicatio,etc.I am a good Christian who has cleaned our church weekly for the past several years but having to quit the first of December because of my health.I live in a small town and help the police with the stray dogs for free.I pick up food at the local shelter in the town next to us.I have helped transport dogs to the larger shelter.I clean a 89 year old woman’s house it takes me several hours but my health litho ugh poor is better than hers.I would just like to be out of debt and quit worrying how I am going to pay my bills or afford my medication.I am on disability but live barely paycheck to paycheck.You can ask anyone that I have never been in trouble,try to be s good person and always willing to help with what I can do.Please help me pay off my debt and I will never ask for monetary help again.

  20. vourexes

    November 1, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Hello my name is Mark I was contacted by some one but the email address was wrong I need them to contact me again with a good address my fiancée is still stranded in Nigiea

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